The embattled Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, is reportedly gathering a team of lawyers to stop his arrest and extradition to the United States over links with Ramon Abbas, also known as Hushpuppi.
According to SaharaReporters, Abba Kyari is also threatening to expose other top police officers who have benefitted from his ‘generosity’, should he be handed over to the FBI and extradited.
Sources revealed that the head of the IGP Intelligence Response Team (IRT) warned that if his extradition is not stopped he would expose the “dirty jobs” he had done for past and present IGPs as well as top politicians.
“There was a stormy meeting on Friday at the Inspector-General of Police’s office between the IGP and police authorities and the FBI agents. Kyari on his part is threatening that many senior officers benefited from his ‘generosity’ and if he’s betrayed, he would expose them.
“He’s now got a team of lawyers. Abba Kyari is still being assured by the police hierarchy that he would not be extradited to the US. He has warned that if he is extradited, the current and past IGPs and members of the political elites he provided support for and assisted for dirty jobs will all be exposed,” a top source said.
According to US Court documents, Hushpuppi had claimed that he bribed Nigeria’s celebrated police chief Abba Kyari.
The infamous fraudster had also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to engage in money laundering, facing up to 20 years in jail according to the documents.
Hushpuppi will be sentenced in the coming weeks and will forfeit some of his assets and his rights to appeal while also paying restitution to victims of his years-long fraud according to fresh reports about his case.
Officials said in court filings that Hushpuppi disclosed during interrogation that he paid bribes to Abba Kyari, a deputy police commissioner, to have one of his rivals arrested and jailed in Nigeria following a dispute over a $1.1 million dupe of a Qatari businessperson.
Following the allegation, Court documents disclosed that Otis Wright of the United States District Court for the Central District of California ordered the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to arrest Kyari and produce him in the United States for his role in a multi-million dollar fraud.
The Nigerian Police on Thursday evening said it would carry out an internal review of the allegations against Kyari.